Blog growth and libraries

I was updating a workshop presentation and like sharing the statistics about Internet growth.  One statistic I would always share was that in 1996, the Web was doubling in size every 45 days or a new web page every four minutes.  At that time, most of us believed this meant new web pages.  However, now we are in the Web 2.0 world and I suppose every new blog post could be considered a “new” web page.  So, I can understand how the definition of “Internet growth” has changed.  This caused me to find out about the growth of blogs.  Technorati reported on April 5, 2007:

Technorati is now tracking over 70 million weblogs…about 120,000 new weblogs being created worldwide each day.  That’s about 1.4 blogs created every second of every day.

Just look at the graph here…that’s a lot of writing!

I wonder how many of these blogs are from librarians?  Only place I know to check this is at the blogging libraries wiki.

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1 Response to “Blog growth and libraries”


  1. 1 sylvia martinez April 14, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Hi Rob,
    That’s an interesting stat, but may be misleading. There are a lot of blogs that are created, but never used.

    Recently, I started a blog, and one post later, the “rank” according to Technorati was in the 2 million range. That says to me that 68 million blogs have less than one post on them (or that rank measures something in the aggregate.)

    Further, after one blog linked to me, it went from 2 million to 1 million. 4 links got me up to the half million mark. There is not a lot of “there” there.


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